Paramilitary forces for Mahakumbh

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 12:30 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Central paramilitary forces will be deployed in January and February for the 2013 Mahakumbh Mela in Allahabad, the government announced Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home M. Ramachandran told the Lok Sabha that the Uttar Pradesh government was making security arrangements for the Mahakumbh that draws millions of people.

On the request of the state government, he said, central armed police forces had been ordered to be deployed in Allahabad.

"These forces shall be deployed in two phases, some with effect from January 2013 and some in February 2013."

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